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  • Mook Spooked: Hillary Campaign Manager Claims Russians Hacked Into DNC to Help Trump (VIDEO)

    07/24/2016 11:03:42 AM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 72 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/24/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Wow! Hillary Campaign Manager Robby Mook blamed the Russians for leaking the DNC emails the week before the Democrat Convention. Mook said the Russians were trying to help Donald Trump. The Examiner reported: Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said Russian hackers stole tens of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee as a means of helping Donald Trump in the election.Robby Mook, during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” told host George Stephanopoulos that although Russians had claimed responsibility for hacking the party’s internal servers and stealing the information, their motive may not have been just to help their...
  • Clinton's campaign manager: Russia helping Trump

    07/24/2016 6:56:33 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 94 replies
    CNN ^ | Eric Bradner
    Hillary Clinton's campaign manager is alleging that Russian hackers are leaking Democratic National Committee emails critical of Bernie Sanders in an effort to help Donald Trump win the election in November. It comes on the heels of "changes to the Republican platform to make it more pro-Russian," Robby Mook told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't think it's coincidental that these emails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," he said. The DNC has previously had its files hacked by an individual named "Guccifer 2.0" that may have...
  • Russia's New Conservative Allies in the US: The 'Alt-Right' Phenomenon

    07/23/2016 2:07:07 PM PDT · by orchestra · 74 replies
    Russia-Insider ^ | 7/23/2016 | Vincent DeLarge
    For those that have been paying attention, the rise of the Alt-Right is as surprising, as it is entirely expected What is the Alt-Right? If you listen to the mainstream media, the Alt-Right is the birth of an American far right Frankenstein that was mid-wifed by Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric in this election cycle. But what we are seeing now is bigger than even Donald Trump. It is part of a massive paradigm shift that has been underway for some time now. For those that have been paying attention, it is clear that nationalist, patriotic movements are everywhere ascendant in...
  • Warning: This Is Not Cheese. In Russia, Watch What You Eat

    07/23/2016 2:05:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 52 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | July, 22 2016 | Peter Hobson
    If you live in Russia, you may already be worried about what you’re eating. If you’re not worried, maybe you should be. Watchdogs say dairy producers routinely added starch, chalk and soap to their milk. One-fifth of caviar brands contained bacteria linked to E. coli. Bread bakers were discovered to use “fifth-grade” wheat, the sort usually intended for cattle. More than half the sliced salmon on shop shelves has been judged unsafe. And those are only the most recent revelations. Quality control in Russia’s food sector appears to have broken down. Products are plentiful. But behind the glossy labels, their...
  • Two Walruses Die at Vladimir Putin-backed Oceanarium

    07/22/2016 1:36:44 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 21, 2016 | Roland Oliphant
    Two walruses have died at a Russian oceanarium backed by Vladimir Putin, in the latest of a series of tragedies to hit the complex. Fanya and Mira the walruses did not wake up from anaesthesia after undergoing an operation to remove their tusks earlier this week, the complex said. “After an operation to remove tusks the animals did not emerge from anaesthesia. The dose was standard. The operation was performed by one of the best vets in the world,” spokeswoman Elena Molchanova told a local news site.
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Russian warplanes reportedly bombed US base in Syria [last month]

    07/22/2016 7:37:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    fo.com ^ | 07/22/2016
    Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Despite the fact that some forces could have been killed and the bombing dampened relations between Russia and the Pentagon and CIA, the White House and State Department still persued a compromise. The U.S. and Russia agreed to a pact...
  • Thiel urges Republicans to back off 'culture wars

    07/21/2016 8:25:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 247 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 21, 2016 | Tony Romm
    Technology investor Peter Thiel implored Republicans from the convention stage on Thursday against waging "culture wars" on lesbian, gay and transgender communities, mere days after the GOP approved a national platform that defines marriage as between “one man and one woman.” Thiel, who himself is gay, stressed that "every American has a unique identity." He said attempts to require transgender Americans to use particular bathrooms is a "distraction from our real problem." And in a first for a GOP convention, the Facebook board member and PayPal co-founder drew attention to his own sexuality: "I am proud to be gay, I...
  • Russia to test new ship-based helicopters in Syria

    07/21/2016 11:49:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | NIKOLAI LITOVKIN, ALEXANDRA YELFACHEVA
    The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is getting ready for a voyage to the Syrian coast in the Mediterranean. The goal of the deployment is to check the combat capabilities of the ship and its strike group, including Russia's state-of-the-art KA-52K Katran helicopters. The cruiser's deck-based aircraft will join the Syrian campaign from October 2016 to January 2017. The air group's tasks The deployment of the Admiral Kuznetsov amounts to a planned inspection of Russian arms, Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) magazine, told RBTH. "Sending the Admiral to Syria is a test of the...
  • NATO allies respond to Trump’s suggestion that the U.S. might not protect them from Russia

    07/21/2016 6:44:45 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 21, 2016 | Composters Adam Taylor, Michael Birnbaum
    Donald Trump has long suggested that he takes a skeptical view of the United States' alliances. However, in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday evening, the Republican presidential nominee went further than before, appearing to suggest that the United States should not be required to automatically defend NATO allies if they are attacked. Trump specifically pointed to the Baltic states that sit near Russia's borders and often complain of belligerence from Moscow. He said they would be helped only if they had "fulfilled their obligations to us." For some in those in the Baltic states — Estonia,...
  • Second Hand Time: The Last of the Soviets (An Oral History)

    07/21/2016 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 7 replies
    Random House ^ | 2016 (as Translated) | Svetlana Alexievich
    In Secondhand Time, Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it’s like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres—but also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to...
  • Trump: U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend NATO countries attacked by Russia

    07/20/2016 9:52:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | July 20, 2016 | Victor Morton
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. wouldn’t necessarily defend other NATO countries if they were attacked by Russia. In an interview with the New York Times, Mr. Trump essentially said the U.S. would not abide by the military alliance, one provision of which declares an attack on one to be an attack on all.
  • Mi-28NM Prototype Delivered to Flight-Test Center In Moscow Region (attack helo)

    07/20/2016 11:19:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    TASS-Defense ^ | July 20, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The prototype of the newest Mi-28NM (M stands for upgraded, Modernizirovanny) combat helicopter has been delivered to the Lyubertsy-based flight-test center of the Moscow Helicopter Plant named after M. Mil (a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding), according to open sources. Hence, the flight trials of the rotor-wing aircraft will likely take place in the Moscow Region. The Rostov Helicopter Plant (Rostvertol, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters holding) produced the demonstrator in 2015. Mi-28NM is known to be equipped with new above rotor-based N025 radar and advanced rotor blades to increase the helicopter’s maximum flight speed. The chin-mounted weapon...
  • Who is Russia Secretly Supplying with MiGs?

    07/20/2016 10:28:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jul. 20 2016 | Matthew Bodner
    After years languishing behind competitors at home and abroad, Russia's iconic MiG aircraft manufacturer has been thrown a lifeline. The company is now building 46 brand-new MiG-29M fighter jets in a contract reported to be worth at least $2 billion dollars. Yet despite the hints which have appeared in the Russian press over the past year, official confirmation remains elusive. The jets are being built for an unspecified buyer. Only a shareholder’s report released by a MiG component supplier has confirmed that the order is real. The document outlines a deal for 92 engines used in the MiG-29. With two...
  • Turkey's power cutoff to Incirlik Air Base a problem for Pentagon

    07/19/2016 11:50:43 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 75 replies
    cnn ^ | July 19, 2016 | Barbara Starr
    The US military is doing "prudent planning" in case it needs to move its anti-ISIS operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey following the country's failed coup, several US defense officials told CNN Tuesday. The Turkish government cut off the power to the base after the coup attempt took place Friday, leaving it without a commercial power supply for four days and counting. The Pentagon has been able to fully operate the base through generator power but said it would be difficult to continue indefinitely. The Turks still have not given a clear explanation about why they cut...
  • Russia doping in Sochi was state-dictated with secret service backing, WADA report finds

    07/19/2016 12:40:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    ABC ^ | 07/18/2016
    The Moscow laboratory operated a scheme for the false reporting of positive samples which Richard McClaren called the Disappearing Positive Methodology The Ministry of Sport, the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), the main heir to the Soviet-era KGB, were all involved Russia's Deputy Minister of Sport Yuri Nagornykh was advised of every positive test from 2011 onwards and decided "who would benefit from a cover-up and who would not be protected" Mr Nagornykh used the code word "save" when he wanted an athlete who had tested positive to be protected and "quarantine" for the...
  • Donbas death toll rises: Ukraine reports 7 KIA, 14 WIA in 24 hours

    07/19/2016 7:39:17 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 11 replies
    UNIAN ^ | 19 July 2016 78
    Photo from UNIAN Seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and another 14 were injured in the Donbas conflict zone over the past 24 hours, according to the Presidential Administration's spokesman for ATO. "Over the past day, seven Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 14 were injured in the fighting," Andriy Lysenko, ATO spokesman for the president's staff, said at a briefing in Kyiv Tuesday. Lysenko expressed condolences to the families and friends of the victims. ATO REPORT: 78 militant attacks in last 24 hrs Over the past day, Russian occupation forces opened fire, including from the weapons BANNED by the Minsk agreements,...
  • UKRAINE UPDATE: Russian terrorists in the service of the Moscow Patriarchate

    07/19/2016 7:19:59 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 9 replies
    Inform Napalm ^ | 2016-07-11
    Moscow Patriarchate takes to the service of militants who fought in the Donbas. The so-called Ukrainian Easter procession, organized by the Moscow Patriarchate, is already in full swing and will continue until July 27, 2016, culminating in Kiev on the eve of the Day of Baptism of Kyivan Rus. The event brings together nearly a thousand people. During the monitoring profiles of social networks Russian fighters and war criminals of the international community volunteers InformNapalm found identity of a Russian citizen Eduard Anatolyevich Vazhentseva issued Yekaterinburg diocesan control of the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church of the...
  • In 1971, the U.S. Navy Almost Fought the Soviets Over Bangladesh

    07/19/2016 6:49:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 19, 2016 | SEBASTIEN ROBLIN
    In 2016, the United States backed India’s application to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group — but didn’t support Pakistan’s. This marked an extraordinary turning point in the United States’ relationship with these historical adversaries. In 1971, the United States sent part of its Seventh Fleet to threaten war with India on Pakistan’s behalf. The reasoning behind the deployment is stranger still — it was supposedly to befriend China. The convoluted Cold War schemes of Pres. Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger help to explain why the United States threatened war with the second most populous country on Earth while also seeking to...
  • Trump Campaign Guts GOP’s anti-Russia Stance on Ukraine

    07/18/2016 12:34:40 PM PDT · by cassiusking · 186 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/16 | Josh Rogin
    The Trump campaign worked behind the scenes last week to make sure the new Republican platform won’t call for giving weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces, contradicting the view of almost all Republican foreign policy leaders in Washington.
  • With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria

    07/18/2016 9:46:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    World Politics Review ^ | July 18, 2016 | Richard Gowan
    With Friends Like Turkey, the U.S. Needs Russia in Syria Richard Gowan |Monday, July 18, 2016 Winston Churchill once quipped that the only thing worse than fighting a war with allies is fighting one without them. Looking at the Middle East, U.S. President Barack Obama might wish he could get rid of his regional allies anyway. His efforts to stabilize the region have been persistently weakened or derailed by America’s supposed friends. Israel tried hard to block last year’s Iranian nuclear deal. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states have deliberately stirred up the Syrian war, even as Washington has been...
  • Beijing sends nuclear capable H-6K bomber over Scarborough Shoal in new South China Sea escalation

    07/18/2016 6:05:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | JULY 18, 2016 | Jamie Seidel
    BEIJING has sent the US a message in the skies above the South China Sea: Anything you can do, we can do too. It’s just flown a nuclear-capable bomber over Scarborough Shoal. The United States has conducted several B-52 bomber ‘freedom of navigation’ flights over the contested waterway in recent months, along with flights by surveillance and patrol aircraft. Beijing on Friday returned the favour. The People’s Liberation air force (PLAAF) at the weekend released photographs of one of its newest H-6K long-range nuclear-capable bombers overflying Scarborough Shoal on China’s Weibo social media service. The aircraft, based on a 1950s...
  • Congress releases secret '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties

    A long-classified U.S. report released Friday found that some of the 9/11 hijackers were in contact with and received support from individuals likely connected to the Saudi government. Known as the "28 pages," the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report's completion, despite repeated calls for its release. The document actually contains 29 pages of material plus a letter from then-CIA Director George Tenet. "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals...
  • Congress to release 28 redacted pages on '9/11 Saudi connection' as early as Friday

    07/14/2016 1:41:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 7/14/16 | Ashley Collman For Dailymail.com
    The public is set to receive a cache of documents on the 9/11 attacks this week, that have been classified for 14 years. In 2002, Congress published the results of their investigation into the terrorist attacks, but left 28 pages of the report redacted. These pages are said to be related to a possible connection between the hijackers and the Saudi Arabian government. The long-held rumor has been that the classified part of the report remained secret so as not to anger Saudi allies.
  • Confirmed: Top Saudi Officials Aided the 9/11 Jihad Plot

    07/17/2016 5:13:04 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 81 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JULY 17, 2016 | ROBERT SPENCER
    The 28-page section of the 9/11 report detailing Saudi involvement in the September 11, 2001 jihad attacks have finally been released (albeit with substantial portions still redacted), and it is now clear why one President who held hands with the Saudi King and another who bowed to him worked so hard all these years to keep these pages secret: they confirm that the 9/11 jihad murderers received significant help from people at the highest levels of the Saudi government. The report states that Omar al-Bayoumi, who “may be a Saudi intelligence officer,” gave “substantial assistance to hijackers Khalid al-Mindhar and...
  • Brzezinski If Ukraine does not fall apart, then Putin will be forced to find another way out

    07/16/2016 2:26:06 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 18 replies
    Hvilya ^ | 15.07.16, 10:40 | Interviews
    Zbigniew Brzezinski: If Ukraine does not fall apart, then Putin will be forced to find another way out Well-known American political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski gave an interview with German weekly "Der Spiegel", which is very lucidly explained the Germans that NATO will fight if Russia would attack the Baltics, and why the West is obliged to defend Ukraine. Brzezinski's interview is the perfect backdrop scandalous talk the same "Der Spiegel" with Sergei Karaganov and shows that the "hawkish positions" and worse in the West and in Russia. SPIEGEL: Mr. Brzezinski, do not you think that the beginning of a new...
  • John Kerry Meets Vladimir Putin to Discuss New Syria Plan

    07/15/2016 1:40:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 07/14/16 | GARDINER HARRIS and ANNE BARNARD
    MOSCOW — Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow late Thursday night to discuss a proposed extensive military cooperation agreement that for the first time would coordinate American and Russian air attacks on the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria. Both men said they were hopeful of reaching an accord. “I hope after today’s consultations you’ll be able to advise him of the progress made and possible headway for us to make,” Mr. Putin said, referring to conversations between Mr. Kerry and President Obama. Mr. Kerry responded: “Hopefully,...
  • Video: Putin sends condolences over Nice attack

    07/15/2016 12:26:17 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    Russia Insider | July 15, 2016 | Sputnik
    Youtube: Putin Statement About Nice Terror Attack
  • GOPs: 'Halt All Releases' from Gitmo After More Ex-Detainee Trouble

    07/14/2016 3:30:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 14, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- GOP lawmakers are asking for a freeze on transfers from Guantanamo Bay and more information about past transfers after one detainee released to Uruguay went missing and another was named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the State Department. As Congress blocks President Obama's efforts to close the prison facility, the White House is trying to quickly deplete Gitmo's population. The transfer of two detainees to Serbia was announced Monday, bringing the population down to 76. There were 242 terror suspects at Guantanamo when Obama took office. On Wednesday, the State Department issued the designations of Aslan Avgazarovich...
  • Russia Looks to Populate Its Far East. Wimps Need Not Apply

    07/14/2016 12:42:46 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 49 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 14, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This Page Share Tweet Email More | ANDREW HIGGINS
    KAMEN-RYBOLOV, Russia — Standing ankle deep in mud in a swampy grassland more than 4,000 miles from his home, Yuri A. Bugaev surveyed a mosquito-infested wasteland that the Russian government is offering to would-be pioneers under its own modern-day version of the 1862 Homestead Act in the United States. “This is not really what I had in mind,” said Mr. Bugaev, who had traveled across seven time zones from St. Petersburg, Russia, to scout the possibilities for settlers in the country’s sparsely populated Far East, a territory roughly two-thirds the size of the United States. The nine Far Eastern regions...
  • India seeks four strategic bombers from Russia

    07/14/2016 6:36:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA ^ | July 14, 2016 | DMITRY GRIGORIEV
    India’s Ministry of Defence has sought to buy four strategic Tu-22M3 bombers and other latest high-tech weaponry from Russia, Interfax reported. This was expressed in the official stand of the ‘Make in India’ Programme at the INNOPROM International Industrial Exhibition in Yekaterinburg. Interfax reported that, in addition to the bombers, the Indian Air Force is also seeking to purchase 80 Mi-17 helicopters and six Il-76 airplanes, in which the Israeli radar system, the ‘Falcon,’ can be installed. The Indian Defence Ministry is also keen to acquire modern missile systems, and would like to buy twelve S-400 ‘Triumf’ anti-aircraft missile systems....
  • FROM JEWS NEWS ON APRIL 30, 2016: Russian bomb sniffing dog finds bomb in Russian mosque…rather th

    07/13/2016 11:21:13 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    JEWS NEWS ^ | APRIL 30, 2016 | ADMIN
    Explosives in a Muslim prayer space? Shocking. Not. Obama’s most trusted ally, the President Erdogan of Turkey said, “The minarets are our bayonets, the domes our helmets, the mosques our barracks and the faithful our army.” Boom. Literally. Can you see the Obama administration blowing up a Muslim prayer hall here in America even if it were filled with explosives? Never. The Democrats, the party of treason, would wail about ‘religious freedom.’ This is why mosques must be monitored not just for explosives, arms and munitions. But be must require US mosques to institute transparent, inspectable programs teaching against the...
  • Turkey PM Yildirim hints at mending ties with Syria

    07/13/2016 8:14:46 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 6 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 9 hours ago | bbc.com
    Turkey has said it wants to re-establish good relations with Syria - in an apparent reversal of its policy towards its war-stricken neighbour. Up to now Turkey's government has been pressing hard for the overthrow of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad. But Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim insisted good ties with Syria were needed "for the fight against terrorism" and stability in the region. There has so far been no public response from the Syrian government. Turkey has recently moved to end rifts with both Russia and Israel.
  • U.S. NBC Executive Detained, Denied Entry Into Russia

    07/13/2016 9:55:04 AM PDT · by bkopto · 17 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 7/13/2106 | staff
    American NBC media executive Jeff Shell has been denied entry into Russia, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Shell arrived in the country on a business trip but was detained by officers at the airport for several hours. He was then escorted onto a flight to Amsterdam after being forced to sign a document stating he was barred from entering Russia. As well as heading NBC Universal's motion picture unit, Shell also serves as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, an American governmental agency which supervises the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe media outlets. Shell told...
  • Long-range Bombers Flying from Russia Destroy ‘Major’ ISIS Camp in central Syria

    07/12/2016 3:46:46 PM PDT · by marvel5 · 45 replies
    RT ^ | June 12, 2016 | RT
    Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have delivered massive airstrikes against a major Islamic State camp and ammunition depots in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The aircraft flew from Russia and returned home after the operation. The bombers, based at one of Russian’s southern air bases, took off on Tuesday morning, passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on terrorist targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak. All aircraft have successfully returned to home base, the ministry said in a statement.
  • Russia Put Black Lives Matter On Official ‘Terror List’

    07/12/2016 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 76 replies
    The Federation Council is setting in motions plans to place BLM on the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) “Unified List of Organizations, Including Foreign and International Organizations That Have Been Recognized As Terrorist [Groups] By Russian Law”. .... The initiating document issued by Chairperson Matviyenko advocating that Black Lives Matter, its founders, and its funders, be listed as a terrorist organization, this report continues, relates to this “racial-hatred” groups advocating the killing of American law enforcement officers in order to “incite/inflame” “racial passions” in the United States—and whose “tactics/rhetoric”, if transferred to Europe, would pose a grave threat not only to...
  • The Best Air-to-Air Missile in the World Is Now in Service

    07/12/2016 10:22:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 12, 2016 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    A Swedish Gripen armed with Meteor missiles. Stefan Kalm/Saab photo The technical details of air-to-air missiles are extremely complicated, but the concept is simple — destroy your target before the target destroys you. One way to improve the odds is to add an air-breathing ramjet engine to give the weapon a boost. That’s the design philosophy behind the Meteor, a 419-pound rail-launched MiG killer which entered service for the first time with the Swedish air force on July 11. Stockholm’s agile, delta-wing Gripen fighters carry the missiles. “The Swedish air force is now in its Initial Operational Capability phase with the Meteor,”...
  • Putin sacks EVERY commander in his Baltic fleet in Stalin-style purge 'after top brass [tr]

    07/12/2016 6:25:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 12, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    Vladimir Putin has sacked every single commander in Russia's Baltic fleet in what has been described as a 'Stalin-style' purge. Up to 50 officers of the fleet were fired alongside Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk and his chief of staff Rear Admiral Sergei Popov after they reportedly refused to follow orders to confront Western ships. Reports in Russia also suggested the purges followed an alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects.
  • Russian mafia 'increasingly active' in Germany

    07/11/2016 10:27:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jul 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00
    The Russian mafia is becoming “increasingly active” in Germany, with networks recruiting in German prisons and groups bringing in billions of euros each year, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has warned. “The Russian-Eurasian organized criminality is very dynamic,” BKA President Holger Münch told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. “They are already expanding in the west.” One of the most dangerous groups, according to Münch, is the so-called “Thieves in law” (Diebe im Gesetz) gang, founded in Stalin’s labor camps. The group from the former Soviet Union have their own “laws” and a secret language, and is thought to be...
  • What Russia thinks of Brexit – and how it could gain from a fractured Europe

    07/11/2016 10:05:56 PM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 July 2016 | Shaun Walker
    <p>What should you drink to mark Britain leaving the European Union? That was the question pondered by Russian state television’s ringmaster, Dmitry Kiselev, in a recent, heavily ideological weekly dispatch.</p> <p>“A glass of Scotch? But then you might been seen as a separatist,” the presenter mused. “A German beer? But then people will think you support Merkel and her migration policies, which are what led to the collapse of the EU.”</p>
  • Don’t Sweat Russia’s Stealth-Fighter-Detecting New Radar

    07/11/2016 10:51:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 11, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    Russia is the latest country to claim that it has developed a new radar system that can detect stealth warplanes. But the Sunflower low-frequency over-the-horizon radar likely suffers all the same drawbacks that have plagued previous generations of similar sensors. Namely, Sunflower might be able to detect a low-observable airplane. But it probably can’t do so with great fidelity — nor generate a useful targeting track for a missile to follow. Despite Russia’s claim, stealth aircraft are no less difficult to find, target and destroy now than they were before the Sunflower’s introduction. Russian media touted the Sunflower radar in a series...
  • Putin Ask Monks to Pray for Russians Killed in Syria

    07/11/2016 10:12:57 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 1 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | JULY 11, 2016, 6:21 A.M. E.D.T. | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Putin Ask Monks to Pray for Russians Killed in Syria By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSJULY 11, 2016, 6:21 A.M. E.D.T. MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has visited a famed Russian monastery to pray for Russian servicemen killed in Syria. Two Russian airmen died in Syria over the weekend after their helicopter was shot down by Islamic State group fighters east of the ancient city of Palmyra. ...snip.... Peskov told reporters Monday that Putin has asked the monks and the visiting head of the Russian Orthodox Church to remember those who "work, fight and give their lives to serve the motherland" and...
  • Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

    07/11/2016 5:26:47 AM PDT · by HLPhat · 70 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/8/2016 | Kate Shellnutt
    ...Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.The proposed laws, considered the country’s most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group.To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private residences...
  • Russian Threat Takes Center Stage at NATO’s Warsaw Summit

    07/11/2016 6:01:56 AM PDT · by milton23 · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/10/16 | Nolan Peterson
    WARSAW, Poland—Russian aggression, radical Islamist terrorism, the refugee crisis, Brexit, Afghanistan. The list of challenges NATO leaders faced at the biennial summit here over the weekend was diverse, highlighting what some consider to be a post-Cold War moment of truth for the alliance to prove it still matters. Speaking to reporters Saturday, President Barack Obama addressed what he called a “pivotal moment” for NATO. “In the 70 years of NATO, we have perhaps never faced so many challenges at once,” Obama said. “We’re moving forward with the most significant reinforcement of our common defense at any time since the Cold...
  • Russia's economy interests behind its risky military move in Syria

    07/11/2016 4:22:53 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 14 replies
    informnapalm ^ | 05/21/2016 | Falcon Bjorn
    While Russia is conducting a controversial and risky military operation in Syria many observers wonder why Putin takes this risk, are Moscow's interests in the region that important? What the benefits or possibly prevented losses could be of backing the Assad regime? Russia's double bet on Damascus with a military move can make a difference in the war but it may also trigger an economic backlash at home. In fact, military support of Assad targets at least several goals at once. Russia had solid motives to intervene which are based on geo-political strategy on the Middle East chessboard and pure...
  • Crimea as An Aircraft Carrier, Threats To NATO, Russian Pilots Bombed (Video)

    07/11/2016 3:59:38 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    /informnapalm ^ | 06/09/2016 | alexander
    On June 1, the web site of Zvezda media company, the information outlet of the Russian armed forces, published a provocative article titled "A Sound of Thunder: How Russian Aerospace Forces in Crimea Will Destroy the US Missile Defense System" (archived publication). The article aggressively lashes out against the NATO countries and especially the United States. It is interesting that the information cited below did not appear in a second-class blog. It did not appear on the website of the loony Russian terrorist Igor Girkin. It was not announced by the maverick State Duma member Vladimir Zhirinovsky, famous for making...
  • Germany to set out central role in EU defense plans

    07/11/2016 12:44:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 11 Jul 2016 08:47 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    “Economic giant, political dwarf” — that is how the world long viewed post-World War II Germany, the European export power reluctant to use military muscle in global conflicts. It is an image that Europe’s most populous country wants to shed as it gradually assumes a bigger defense role, within the frameworks of NATO and the European Union. That ambition, the outcome of a debate that began two decades ago, is the message of Germany’s new military roadmap, the defense ministry’s so-called White Paper, to be released Wednesday. […] The paper, the first of its kind issued in a decade, envisions...
  • Myth or Reality? Russian Missiles on Kurils in Response to THAAD in S Korea

    07/10/2016 6:01:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 09.07.2016
    Myth or Reality? Russian Missiles on Kurils in Response to THAAD in S Korea Military & Intelligence 16:03 09.07.2016(updated 12:48 10.07.2016) Russia may deploy additional missile systems to the Far East, including on the Kuril Islands, in response to the plans of the United States to deploy missile defense complexes in South Korea, Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told RIA Novosti. The expert commented on recent reports citing a source in the Russian Foreign Minister. In particular, the source said that Russian military planning will take into account Seoul’s decision to deploy US THAAD missile systems...
  • Top Trump VP candidate on abortion: “I think women have to be able to choose”

    07/10/2016 4:55:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 10, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Is it fair to call him the frontrunner? Yesterday’s splashy WaPo story about Flynn’s rise through the VP ranks didn’t use that word specifically, but it sure made it sound like he’s the guy Trump is looking at most closely right now. He’s a Democrat, pro-choice, and apparently a friendly acquaintance of Vladimir Putin. He’ll fit right in. After weeks of focusing on a group of current and former elected officials in his search for a running mate, Donald Trump is increasingly intrigued by the idea of tapping retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to project strength and know-how on...
  • Clinton backers nix Israel 'occupation' add to Democratic platform

    07/10/2016 1:26:50 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 9 replies
    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday rejected a proposal to include a statement in the party's platform calling for Israel's "end to occupations and illegal settlements," CNN reported. ... While the committee voted against the addition 95-73, CNN reported that the move garnered the loudest negative response of the day from the audience. ... One crowd member was escorted out of the meeting after he stood up and yelled that the party had "sold out" to AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee).